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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:06 pm    Post subject: Nikon DSLR and manual focus lenses Reply with quote

D40, D40x, D60, D3000 and D5000 - all the models with a push-in minimum aperture sensing switch - are safe to mount pre-AI lenses.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

take also a look at this table:

http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm

looks like pre AI lenses shouldn`t be mounted on a D200...?
though at the end in the green note 2, it says:

"The metering systems in these bodies require the microprocessor used in autofocus lenses (and a few unusual manual models). As a result, ambient light cannot be metered when using AI, AI-s or Series E lenses. Fortunately however, aperture and shutter speed can be set manually."

which is not true for bodies like D200 and above, i think

i`m really new to MF lenses, so take this with a grain of salt


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikon body and lenses, one of the best compatibility charts on the web
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomasg wrote:
take also a look at this table:

http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm

looks like pre AI lenses shouldn`t be mounted on a D200...?
though at the end in the green note 2, it says:

"The metering systems in these bodies require the microprocessor used in autofocus lenses (and a few unusual manual models). As a result, ambient light cannot be metered when using AI, AI-s or Series E lenses. Fortunately however, aperture and shutter speed can be set manually."

which is not true for bodies like D200 and above, i think

i`m really new to MF lenses, so take this with a grain of salt

Hi Tomas and Forum.

I'm using D700 with lenses made back as far as 1967. My non-AI lenses were converted by John White of aiconversions.com. He did a splendid job. Quick turnaround. Great communications by email. Anyone wanting to use old Nikkors on a new digital Nikon have no reason to fear. They can be modified. And as noted in a post above, some models require no modification at all.

I think it is pretty remarkable that most Nikon lenses all the way back to 1959 will work on the newest digital bodies with only minor modification available from John White and a few others like him.

I wonder how many here are old enough to remember when Canon abandoned its loyal following and did the FD to EOS mount switcheroo. Nikon stayed the course, and I am very happy about it.

Happy day.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One point I've mentioned in other threads is that 3rd party Nikon mount Pre-Ai lenses for the most part will mount & can be used on any Nikon DSLR. Of course, there are limitations when it comes to metering (models below the D200 will not meter with any non-AF lens), but in terms of being able to mount, most will mount. I use several 3rd party Pre-Ai on a Nikon D70s & I have one Pre-Ai that I won't mount as it is a bit too tight for my liking (I however still have a few Nikkormat cameras for that lens).
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

another remark to 3rd party non AI lenses: if the aperture ring is made of metal, you might just fix with epoxy a small metal sheet at the right position of the collar and you´ll get aperture reading by your camera as with AI lens.
The body ignores the half steps and switches just after 2 half steps to the next aperture value. Did this with old Vivitars - unfortunately cannot provide a foto beause i sold them, replace by MF Nikon lenses. If you need such a thin metall, beeing able to be bended, ask you next framer for some flexipoints
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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An if you are willing to use a rasp, you can convert your Non-Ai to Ai lenses!

Here is a nice site with full rundown how to do it and where to file to get the correct aperture reading on bodies D200 and above and the whole D1 series.

http://www.chr-breitkopf.de/photo/aiconv.en.html

Just did this with my Nikkor-Q 135 f2.8 and it works absolutely fine!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I understand, Nikon D7000 should support all types of Nikon lens. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterbald wrote:
As far as I understand, Nikon D7000 should support all types of Nikon lens. Twisted Evil

Yes, but the compatibility chart specifically says "AI converted". Which means that it should work about like the D200, D3, D700, etc, when it comes to manual focus lenses. Well, except that the D7000 won't do matrix metering with non-CPU lenses. Then again, it's only half the price of a D700.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The D7000 will meter with Ai lenses and it will do Matrix metering, if you enter the focal length and Aperture of the lens!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Esox lucius wrote:
Nikon body and lenses, one of the best compatibility charts on the web


I am not sure about that. Generally, yes, but there are many traps to fall in, actually.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LucisPictor wrote:
I am not sure about that. Generally, yes, but there are many traps to fall in, actually.


Yes, it breaks my heart to write that Ken Rockwell is right on something but with that page he is actually quite close... There's a better page at Nikonians.org but that's available to paid memberships only.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am D40x Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karhallarn wrote:
The D7000 will meter with Ai lenses and it will do Matrix metering, if you enter the focal length and Aperture of the lens!


Confirmed with my 50mm 1.8 AI and my recent Kaleinar 5H 100mm 2.8 Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed something weird while using MF lenses with my D90.
It confirms focus and later on when I upload the pictures on the computer I can see that in fact the focus point is behind the intended one. Especially with lenses around 100mm. I noticed same for two completely different lenses.
Is it a problem with my camera or maybe the AF settings have an impact, although I'm not using AF at that moment?
The focusing screen is in place and is helping a lot, but with some pictured objects especially in dim light I'm still struggling to see anything though the viewfinder and correct focus confirmation would be very helpful.
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